Fresher Psychosocial Officer Non-profit Careers – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

 Job Title:       Psychosocial Officer
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Community
Services Manager
About US:
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international
African humanitarian and development organization that positively contributes
towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely
affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by
implementing WASH, Health, Education, Livelihoods, Community service &
development and Protection programs in the region for a period of more than 20
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a
multi-sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro
district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro district) and Nyakabande Transit
Center (Kisoro district).
Job Summary:  The Psychosocial Officer will be responsible
for providing psychosocial counseling and support services, providing
professional and confidential services to survivors of GBV, children at risk,
PSNs and all persons of concern with various challenges, establish case follow
ups through conducting home visits to referred families, Plan and implement the
delivery of counseling services to the GBV survivors in a non-discriminatory
manner in line with HIJRA/UNHCR guidelines in Nakivale Refugee Settlement,
conducting prison monitoring visits for psychosocial support and counseling.
Key Duties and
Providing professional and confidential services
to survivors of GBV both new and old cases
Take lead in the raising sensitization and
carryout monthly outreaches to the communities with community social workers,
RWC leaders and Protection Committees basing on case trend on-going needs of
women and girls with special needs
Establish case follow ups through conducting
home visits to referred families so that client are fully supported with
Psychosocial Support and Counseling
Offer support in the development and provision
of psychosocial services to HIJRA office based on participatory community
Strength and maintain community network with
community leaders
Liaise fully range of professionals services in
social work, health and voluntary agencies in order to raise awareness of GBV
Conducting monthly prison monitoring visit to
provide Psychosocial support to all Refugee inmates and provide them with Non
Food Items in line with UNHCR/HIJRA guidelines
Plan and implement the delivery of counseling
services to the SGBV survivors in a non-discriminatory manner in line with
HIJRA/UNHCR guidelines
Conducting peer to peer group counseling
Conducting career and guidance session with
pupils in Refugee Schools
Conducting Individual Case Management
Coordination meetings with the UNHCR and other partners to discuss on the cases
being handled by the psychosocial counsellor and the team
Work closely with the psychiatric doctors to
carryout psychiatric assessment to all persons of concern with mental illnesses
and helping them on taking their medicine on daily basis.
Oversee and supervise the Psychosocial Assistants.
Perform any other duties assigned by the
Community Services Manager.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Psychosocial
Officer vacancy must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling,
Psychology or other related field.
At least two years of relevant professional
Previous exposure and experience working with
vulnerable people including survivors of GBV and victims of child abuse.
Strong knowledge of Child Friendly interview
techniques and communicating with children
Familiarity with guidelines on Mental Health and
Psychosocial Support in emergency settings.
Strong organizational and supervisory skills
with excellent reporting & writing skills.
Excellent interpersonal skill and communication
Excellent command of verbal and written English.
Computer literacy skills i.e. working knowledge
of Word and Excel.
The counselor should have a compassionate,
caring, and non-judgmental personality. The counselor should be a person who
keeps sensitive information to him/herself. P
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an
application letter and Curriculum Vitae including telephone and email contacts
of three referees including your current/most recent employer.
Application should be addressed to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: The subject line should read: “Psychosocial Officer.”
Deadline: 20th December 2016
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